DRY WEIGHT: 12,000 LBS
ENGINE: CAT 3208 - 325HP
FUEL: 200 GALS
WINCH: HYDRAULIC W/ VAR
TOWLINE: 3/16 S/S CABLE
LAUNCH MAST: TELESCOPIC
Welcome to the
Parasail Safety Council Website
The worlds premiere source for parasail information
In 1985, Mark McCulloh published the world first Operating Standards and Guidelines for Parasailing in anticipation of a growing demand
for parasailing. Although the original Operating Standards and Guidelines for Parasailing have been modified numerous times throughout the
years, the content of the original 4 page publication has became the historical template from which all parasailing standards were based on.
In 1985, Mark McCulloh The First Commercial Winchboat (Para-Nautique) Operation utilizing the
Aerial Recliner Gondola trademarked “Skyrider” was launched during spring break at the Days Inn in
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. To help market the new operation, McCulloh teamed up with Jack Penrod,
owner of Penrod’s Beach Club in turn contracted with Coors beer company to include the parasail
operation in the filming of a spring break music video commercial. The rest was history....
In 1985, after the successful commercial launch of the “SkyRider” Gondola and associated equipment , McCulloh filed a patent in 1986. The
request for this patent application was based in part on evidence that the harness, while generally capable of providing adequate passenger
support, posed a serious safety hazard that could result in parasail fatalities as a result of the inability of the participants to remove him or
herself from the harness when landing in the water during boat failure and/or line separation in high winds and rough seas. A key safety
feature of the Skyrider Gondola is that it provided adequate restraint without straps or seats belts thereby allowing easy evacuation during an
emergency waterlanding regardless of the conditions.
In 1985, The 30’ Para-Nautique-Skyrider with its wide 12’ beam and 325HP caterpillar inboard diesel entered the market with a hefty price tag
of $95,000. Most operators at the time said it was overkill. Really ? It seems that the overkill in todays Winchboats are the new norm!
In 1985, Mark McCulloh's new outboard powered Winchboat, together with the second generation Aerial Recliner
Gondola, made its television début during the filming of the Miss Universe Pageant in Miami, Florida. The new
Aerial Recliner Gondola, provided addition security for the parasailor during flight while reclined in a substantially
and partially position without the need for additional restraints; it also provided impact protection with objects and
the flight deck on landing. A special safety feature was easy parasailor evacuation in unexpected waterlandings in
high winds. The 1984 Miss Universe Yvonne Ryding of Sweden, agreed to go parasailing for the filming of Miss